The Motorola Motoluxe has been designed as a stylish handset that won't break the bank, sporting Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), along with the a generous 4-inch touchscreen, but has it got what it takes to compete with the likes of the Nokia Lumia 710? Motorola were kind enough to give us a sneak preview of a pre-production model...
Motorola Motoluxe: Build
The slimline Motorola Motoluxe measures just 9.8mm thick and with its 117.7 x 60.5 dimensions, it certainly fits comfortably in the hand, while the silky smooth rubberised finish on the back not only gives it a premium feel, but also offers some extra grip, unlike the shiny chassis of an Apple iPhone 4S. What it does have in common with the iPhone is that it'll be available in black or white.
Motorola Motoluxe: Features
Along with relatively standard features such as Bluetooth connectivy (along with the usual 3G and Wi-Fi), the Motorola Motoluxe also sports GPS, along with DLNA and an 8MP camera with LED flash.
New to this particular handset is Motorola's Social Graph function, which is an onscreen graphic that populates itself with the people that you call and text the most, so that you don't have to search through your contacts list to reach them.
Motorola Motoluxe: Screen
The 4-inch touchscreen generous for a mid-range handset and gives the Motoluxe more of a top-tier smartphone look to it. We found the touch interface to be pretty zippy without any noticeable lag when switching between homescreens.
Motorola Motoluxe: Performance
The Motoluxe sports a decidedly average 800MHz processor along with 300MB of built-in memory that can be topped up to 32Gb using the microSD card slot. We'll be able to bring you more information on the the overall performance once we've had a finished review sample in for testing.
Motorola Motoluxe: Battery
The Motoluxe has a 1400mAh battery (a reasonably strong effort for a phone at this price), which should mean that you won't have to charge it quite as often as you might with some rivals.
The maker claims that it offers up to around 6.5hours of talk time on 2G (or 4.5 hours on 3G). We'll be able to tell you more about how the battery fares when we've got a full working model to look at in detail.
Motorola Motoluxe: Verdict
Mid-range smartphones can vary greatly from cheapo budget handsets to phones that are only a few steps down from being top-tier phones.
On first impressions, the Motorola Motoluxe falls into the latter category thanks to its nicely designed chassis and large, bright screen. It also gets points for its svelte profile along with the handy indicator light. We'll bring you a full review once we can get our hands on a final retail sample.
Motorola Motoluxe review: Hands-on
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The Android Gingerbread-powered Motorola Motoluxe smartphone is the latest mid-range handset to join the party, but does it bring anything new to the table?
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